Love is my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear?Love is the strength of my life, of whom shall I be afraid?Teach me to be love, as You are Love; lead me through each fear;hold my hand as I walk through valleys of doubt each day, that I may know your peace.A day within the Heart of Love is more to be desired than a thousand elsewhere.I would rather be a servant in your dwelling place,than live in riches among those who know not Love.For the Beloved is as radiant as the sun, as strong as a steel shield,And invites each one to come, to partake of the Banquet.Antiphon:
"The Protecting Presence and consoling Grace of my Redeemer and God" has never left me
. (Elizabeth Seton to Rebecca Seton, 3 January 1804)
One who is contemplatively present to life is first of all convinced, if only on an intuitive level,that the present moment – just the way it is – is in its deepest meaning a manifestation of the divine.Do we not hear echoes of Elizabeth saying, “Go out to meet your grace.”….When we are present to the mystery within which life is lived, we are alert to and wait for manifestations of the divine within the ordinary. In our attentiveness to mystery, we uncover traces of the divine presence in joy, absurdity and pain. In short, we not only meet and praise God in andthrough relationships, ministry, encounters, crises, etc., but we also bring a faith, hope and love that hasthe ability to transform and to help usher in God’s reign.- Jean Flannelly, SC, “Elizabeth Ann Seton: Model of Contemplative Presence for the 21
, 21, 2, address given at Seton Legacy 2001, online athttp://via.library.depaul.edu/vhj/vol21/iss2/1
TIME FOR REFLECTION AND SHARINGINTERCESSIONS
(Italicized words are Elizabeth’s own.)While I live, while I have my being, I will sing praises to my God;For God has looked with love on my simple and confiding heart;generations to come will call me Mother of many daughters.